“ Brand: Beko / Fuel Type: Electric / Element Type: Solid / Additional Elements: Grilling / No. of Cooking Elements: 4 Elements / Oven Amount: Double / Capacity: 1.9 cu. ft. / Oven Functionality: Grill / Exterior Color: White „
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I first came across this electric cooker when my mother got a new kitchen. The builder asked her if she wanted a built in oven and hob or a stand alone cooker slotted into the run of units. We decided on a stand alone cooker to be slotted in, the reason being that built in oven and hobs are 600mm in width whereas the stand alone type are available at 500mm as well. This was ideal for a smaller kitchen as it allowed the saved 100mm to be used for larger units.
I remember saying "as long as it is not a Beko cooker". I think my prejudice was probably based entirely on the fact that the Beko cookers are the cheapest cookers in the Argos catalogue and my perception that Beko was not a very inspiring sounding name. Low and behold when the kitchen was finished it came complete with a Beko D531 cooker installed.
This cooker is not terribly inspiring in appearance. It is plain white and looks a little old fashioned. It is solid and doesn't have any see through doors which would be useful. It is not quite flush with the built in units as due to its depth it sits out ever so slightly. It has six cheapish looking plastic knobs on the front one each to control each of the four hobs, one for the grill and one for the oven. Sadly the cooker does not have a timer.
Ok, so I have run down this little cooker and you might wonder if it has anything going for it. Well, perhaps surprisingly yes it does. The first is cost, as at only around £200 it provides cheap cooking. Energy rating is a respectable B which means it is fairly energy efficient.
It is surprisingly quick to get up to operating temperature, much faster than our previous cooker. It has a separate grill and oven which many of the cheap cookers don't have. The grill is a reasonable size, the one criticism I would have of the grill is that the handle of the grill pan is a little awkward to operate.
It doesn't have a fan assisted oven, but I don't really miss having a fan oven as most things you buy or recipes quote times for heating in a conventional oven. The oven size is not massive, but neither is it small. It is suitable for a small family, but would not be big enough for a large family. Don't expect to be able to squeeze a large turkey at Christmas either!
Overall, I would say that this cooker does a good job at basic cooking without any fancy looks or functions.
The smart white Beko D531AW Electric Cooker offers great cooking for a reasonable price, and brings plenty of electric cooking options to your kitchen / With a conventional oven with two shelves, this medium capacity oven offers you plenty of room for whatever you are cooking / There are also 9 oven functions to help you to find the right option for baking, roasting or simply heating / There are also 4 solid hob plates on the top of the cooker, great for your pots and pans / As well as a griddle, there's also a separate full width grill, so you can grill whilst you are using the hobs or oven / The D531AW has pop out dial controls to control the oven's functions, and boasts easy clean enamel, making dirt and grease easier to clean out from the oven / This cooker also has been A rated for energy efficiency / Whatever you are creating in your kitchen, the Beko D531AW Electric Cooker provides great cooking space! Overview Type Freestanding Fuel Electric LPG option No Hob Solid Hot Plate Number of elements 4 Oven Electric Number of cavities 2 Controls Programmable No Timer No Digital/LED display No Touch controls No Retractable dials No Hob Griddle Yes Wok burner No Warming plate No Pan supports no Elements Solid hot plate Hob lid No Safety features Hot hob indicator Ovens Heat Conventional and Static Size Medium Capacity 53 litres Energy rating A Energy consumption 0.79kWh Viewing window No Interior light No Ease of cleaning Easy Clean Enamel Grill Separate Yes Features Full width grill Other information Storage drawer No Bar handles No Requires hardwiring Yes Dimensions Unpacked:900x500x600 mm, Packed:985x560x700 mm Weight 57kg / Short name: Beko D531AW